So what does this information tell us? In reality, not much, because there are just too many variables that come into play when looking at how much someone gets paid. Overall, it appears that teacher compensation is pretty competitive around the world especially when you factor in that teachers have generous vacation and pension systems supplementing their gross wages. However, it should be recognized that average salary is just one metric in determining the adequacy of someone’s compensation. I found MBA salaries varied wildly depending on industry, fields, specialties, geography and alma mater. Many of the same factors influencing MBA salaries can influence teacher salaries to a similar degree. Ultimately, there is no one metric for compensation, but I can suggest one that we should think about using in education more often. This metric is one I mentioned a bit earlier, I am referring to talent. We need to stop thinking of teachers as interchangeable widgets that all look, act and perform alike. We need to find the most talented and capable teachers possible and then reward them appropriately for using their talent to educate our children. We owe our kids no less.